South Park

Season 2 Episode 2

Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut (2)

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 22, 1998 on Comedy Central

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  • Trivia

    • The song that is played towards the end of the episode when the townspeople are emerging from the snowed-in studio is "Ave Maria" by Aaron Neville.

    • Visitor Sighting: When Dr. Mephisto is about to announce Eric Cartman's father, an alien is seen behind everyone in the background.

    • There were at least 30 people in the studio during the "America's Most Wanted" broadcast, including cast, crew and audience. After the blizzard, only 7 emerge (Barbrady, Jimbo, Ned, the Mayor, Garrison, and the camera and sound men from AMW). Assuming their ordeal began with a live prime-time broadcast, and ended soon after sun-up, that makes 23 people consumed in a span of approximately 12 hours (with leftovers, of course).

    • Continuity error: Mephisto is shot at night, Chef drives to the hospital at night, the adults talk to the mayor at night, Mrs. Cartman goes to the clinic DURING THE DAY, and Chef arrives at the hospital at night.

    • On the hospital blueprints, South and East are reversed on the compass.

    • Mephisto's first name is revealed as Alphonse in this episode.

    • Cartman's mom is said to be a hermaphrodite, and yet none of the various men she sleeps with throughout the series make any mention of it.

    • When the doctor operates on the patient with the burst kidney, he makes an incision at the heart.

    • At first the narrator says the 1989 Denver Broncos, but then later he says the 1991 Denver Broncos.

    • Hermaphrodites:

      Actually a hermaphrodite can conceive. The episode relates to a Protandry Sequential hermaphrodite which changes from male to female to balance out thinning population as the species gets older. However, a Simultaneous hermaphrodite has both sets of organs but can not self-fertilize, but can in fact fertilize.

    • You can hear two shots come out, yet there are 3 holes in Mephesto.

    • The Pregnancy math is decidedly tricky: Three trimesters during pregnancy plus 4 trimesters for each year the child is alive. On Cartman's 8th birthday, he'd just finished his 35th trimester (eight times four, plus three). Thus, while he's eight, he's in trimesters 36-39.

  • Quotes

    • Chef: Doctor, we've got a shot-cracker outside!
      Doctor: I'll be right with you in a minute, right after I inject this man with a long needle.
      Stan: Oh, man. I'm gonna be sick...
      Doctor: There there, young man. Medical science is nothing to be afraid of. (injects the needle and Stan groans)
      Nurse: Ooh, I think you're hitting the bone...
      (Stan groans again.)
      Doctor: Yes, I can feel the needle scraping in there.
      (The patient starts bleeding.)
      Doctor: Oop! He's hemorrhaging.
      (Blood lands near Stan as he leaps away and shrieks; the patients head then falls off.)
      Doctor: Oop! His head fell off!
      Stan: (running away) I'm getting outta here!
      Kyle: Stan!
      Doctor: Well, some people just have a weak stomach.

    • Jimbo: Alright, so far everyone has a long piece of straw. We'll keep drawing…
      (Jimbo picks a piece of straw.)
      Jimbo: (relieved) Whew!
      (Mr. Garrison picks a piece of straw.)
      Mr. Garrison: (relieved) Whew!
      (Officer Barbrady looks at the last piece of straw in his hands.)
      Officer Barbrady: Whew.
      Jimbo: Wait a minute! Where the hell is the short one??
      Officer Barbrady: The short what?
      Jimbo: Damn it, Barbrady! When you draw straws, you're supposed to have one of them short! That's how you decide who loses!
      Officer Barbrady: That's not how I played it…
      Mr. Garrison: Oooh, can we hurry this up? My stomach is growling…

    • Liane: Well, I think you should keep your laws off of my body!

    • Dr. Doctor: Team B? Come in, Team B.
      Kenny: (muffled) This is Team B.
      Dr. Doctor: Listen, Team B. We've found another path to the generator. There's actually a nice heated walkway to it. So you don't need to walk through all that sewage.
      Kenny: (muffled) Are you f*cking telling me that I could've f*cking gone that way?!
      Dr. Doctor: Oh. Well, forget I said that, then.

    • Dr. Doctor: We must split up into two teams: Team A and Team B. Team A will consist of myself, Stan, Kyle, Eric, Chef, and Nurse Goodly. Team B will consist of Kenny. Now, listen closely, Team B. Your goal will be to turn on the backup generator. To do this you must brave the storm outside and get into this sewage duct. Meanwhile, Team A will go to the holding area, here where there is a television, and some cocoa. We will drink the cocoa and watch family programming until Team B makes it through the sewage duct. By that time, Team B, remember that's you Kenny, should reach the outer core of the generator. It will be a cold and dangerous climb to the top, and there could be velociraptors here. Once you reach the top, you should be able to get a clear view from this window of us drinking cocoa and watching television. Then, you could proceed down into the generator, and power it on. Are there any questions?
      Cartman: No, that sounds pretty sweet to me.
      Dr. Doctor: Great, then, let's do it. Go, Team!
      Kenny: (muffled) Huh?

    • Chef: Wait a second. They closed the pass??
      Dr. Doctor: Yes. I'm afraid we're critically understaffed. Unless we get help soon, all these people here are completely ****ed.
      (Everyone in the waiting room gasp in horror.)
      Dr. Doctor: Metaphorically speaking, that is.

    • Mephesto Actor: I'd like to announce who the father of Eric Cartman is...
      Director: (on megaphone) Bang!
      Mephesto Actor: Oh! I've been shot! (falls over)
      Barbrady Actor: Nobody move! I'm a law officer!
      Chef Actor: My God, I think he's gone into cardiac arrest!
      Barbrady Actor: You seem somewhat unnerved by this, Chef...
      Chef Actor: Are you accusing me, Barbrady? Because if you are accusing me, don't hide behind your clever riddles!
      Barbrady Actor: Our differences must be set aside for now, Mr. Chef. I'm simply a man; a man trying to do my job.
      Officer Barbrady: Wow, this is a good movie!

    • Mayor: Are you sure this wouldn't make our little town look dangerous?
      Sid Greenfield: Don't worry, Mayor. America's Most Wanted is not about violence, it's about family.
      Cameraman: It is?

    • Mayor: Officer Barbrady, let's pretend for one second that we had a competent law enforcer in this town. What would he do?
      Officer Barbrady: Hmmm. That's a good question, Mayor. Let me get right on that, with thinking.

    • Cartman: (about Mephesto) So, how's he doing?
      Kyle: He's bleeding pretty bad back there.
      Chef: Don't let him bleed on my Meredith Baxter-Birney memorial towel.
      Kyle: What's a Meredith Baxter-Birney memorial towel?
      Chef: I actually was with Meredith Baxter-Birney in this very car. And afterwards we used that towel to… Wait a minute! Why am I telling you this?

    • Jimbo: There's a murderer free in South Park! We have to find out who it is before they kill again!
      Mr. Garrison: Yeah, God only knows who they'll kill next!
      Announcer: Who will they kill next? Will it be: Jimbo? Officer Barbrady? The Denver Broncos?

    • Mr. Garrison: Mephisto's been shot!
      Chef: Is he… dead??
      Jimbo: Hey, look! This window has been shot open! That means the killer was not somebody in this room!
      Mr. Garrison: Well, then who was it?
      Announcer: Who shot Mephisto? Was it: The school counselor? Or was it Ms. Crabtree? Or was it-
      Cartman: (interrupting) Hey! Wait a minute! I didn't find out who my father was!
      Announcer: (continues) Or was it Mrs. Broflovski?

    • Chef: (after lights come back on) Is everybody okay?? That sounded like a gunshot!
      Officer Barbrady: Oh, my god! Look!
      (Everybody sees Mephesto's body, which has been shot at.)
      Kenny: (mumbling) Oh my god, they killed Mephesto!
      Kyle: You bastard!

    • Officer Barbrady: I just thought of something! Oh no wait, that's subtraction.

    • Greenfield: This story's got everything: people, furniture, talking! It's a real American story!

    • John Walsh: We seem to have lost our link up to the South Park crew, so I guess we'll going to our feature movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
      Narrator: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Was it- Jimbo? Mr. Garrison? Chef?

    • Cartman: Hey, who's screwing with the lights?!
      Narrator: Who IS screwing with the lights? Is it: Barbrady? Or Jimbo? Or the 1991 Denver Broncos?
      Cartman: (to Kenny) That is really starting to piss me off!

    • Greenfield: Great! We'll get started with auditions immediately. What part should we cast first?
      Announcer 1: Who will the director cast first? Will it be Mr. Garrison? Officer Barbrady, Chef?

    • Mayor: My God, what a harrowing tale of human drama this is. All of us doing what we must to survive.
      Jimbo: It is amazing what people can do under stress. Just look at the pyramids. Nobody knows how they built those. Or who.
      Narrator: Who built the pyramids? Was it- the Babylonians? Officer Barbrady? Samaritans?

    • Cartman: (after learning who his father is) Oh... Man, this is ****ing weak...
      Stan: Dude! You're a big fatass, and your mom's a hermapholite!
      Mrs. Cartman: I'm sorry I never told you, Eric... I just thought, maybe it would be a little shocking to you.
      Cartman: (sarcastically) Oh, well, gee whiz! You think so, Mom??
      Mephesto: Well, that's that. Thank you all for playing.
      Cartman: No no, wait a minute! Wait! If... If she's my dad, then...who's my mom?!
      Announcer: Who is Eric Cartman's mother? Is it: Mrs. Crabtree? Sheila Broflovski? The Mayor?
      Cartman: AAH, FORGET IT!!!

    • Jimbo: Well, looks like we're not going anywhere for a long time.
      Director: We're snowed in?
      Mayor: Yes! We're trapped!
      Mr. Garrison: Like sailors on a submarine...
      Mayor: My god, this is the worst storm I have ever seen!
      Director's Assistant: Oh, I have to get out of here; I haven't eaten since breakfast.
      Officer Barbrady: Yeah, I'm getting kind of hungry, too!
      Jimbo: I hope you all don't realize what we're facing here... Our only option might be to...eat each other to stay alive.
      (Everybody in the building gasps in horror.)
      Director: Uh... It's only been, like, four hours... Aren't you people resorting to cannablism a little quickly?
      Jimbo: That's a while to live, Mr. Director. I don't eat plenty, but if some of us must die so the rest can stay alive so be it.
      Mayor: But...how do we decide who?
      Jimbo: Well, we'll draw straws...
      Director: Now, wait just a minute! You've all had a big breakfast! Can't you people live without eating for a while??
      Jimbo: Calm down, soldier! We need every person here to keep his head! Barbrady, fetch some straws.
      Director: Well, who the hell made you the boss, anyway??
      Announcer: Who the hell made Jimbo boss? Was it: Officer Barbrady? Chef? Mr. Garrison?

  • Notes

    • This is the third time Cartman's name is mentioned in the title.

    • www.tvguide.com lists this episode as "Cartman's Mom Is Still...."

    • Mary Kay Bergman who is going by the name Shannen Cassidy at this time is credited as Shannon Cassidy for this episode.

    • In the second segment of "Great Destinations" that appeared during a spring 2002 rerun cycle of the series, Matt & Trey elaborate on the April Fool's joke of the previous episode and played some of the "messages" from Comedy Central's answering machine.

      Matt: Audiences like jokes, but they don't like jokes on them.
      Trey: Yeah, we'll never do that again.

  • Allusions

    • Eric Roberts
      One of the actors that stars in the parody of Mephisto's shooting, and who eventually is eaten, is Eric Roberts. According to the people of South Park, he is eaten because "no one gives a sh*t about him."

    • Quincy:

      When Chef is asked if he had any medical experience, he tells the doctor he used to watch the American television series Quincy

    • Who Framed Roger Rabbit:

      After America's Most Wanted lose the feed with the crew due to the snowstorm, they switch programming to the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.

    • Meredith Baxter:

      When Chef tells the boys not to let Mephisto bleed on his towel, he refers to it as being his Meredith Baxter Birney memorial towel who is a famous American film and television actress.

    • Cannibal! The Musical:

      Trey Parker made a student film in 1996, Cannibal! The Musical. The straw scene is a reference to a deleted scene from this film.

    • Star Trek: The Motion Picture:

      Kenny's insisting to make the final connection on the generator himself could be a reference to this movie, in which Commander Decker insists on making the final connection to communicate with the Voyager probe personally.

    • Styx/Come Sail Away:

      The song that Cartman sang in Dr. Mephisto's car "Come Sail Away" was a song by the band Styx, that first appeared on their 1977 album, The Grand Illusion.

    • Jurrassic Park:

      Kenny's journey to the backup generator (with Velociraptors blocking the way) is reminiscent of the attempts to reach the generator shed in the 1993 film Jurassic Park.

    • Alive:

      The whole scene of the cannibalism of the three people, and then the subsequent exit from the building and "Ave Maria" is a reference to the 1993 film, Alive.

      This film was based on the true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's charter plane crashing in the Andes. With no other food source, those that survived the crash were forced to eat the dead, or otherwise join them.

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